Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Artfully Folded for #PCC328

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am sharing my card for this weeks Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge.  This week we are doing projects that feature Simple Stamping.  I have designed a card using the Hostess set Artfully Folded.  I've have had my hands on this set for awhile but haven't gotten around to using it.  So I thought it was the perfect time to pull it off the shelf.  Here's a look at my card.

Here's a look at the inspiration for this weeks card.  You can click on the image and check out what the other design team members came up with or even take time and create your own card and play along.  


Yes we are doing simple stamping this week.  I have had a lot of fun coming up with these cards for you.  I will also have the next episode of Rick's Saturday Simple Stamping this Saturday as well so you will differently want to come back and check that card out.  

I already mentioned that I used the Artfully Folded stamp set for my card today.  This set is a host only set and can only be earned with a qualifying order using Stampin' Rewards.  But it was totally worth it, this fun origami set is just the cutest thing ever.  Here's a look at the stamp set.  

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I stamped all the outline images of the folded birds in tuxedo black ink randomly around the card.  Besides the main swan I stamped it closer to the bottom and actually stamped it first.  I then filled in around that swan.

After getting all the swans and birds stamped I came back in and filled in as much of the open area as possible with the solid heart as I could.  At this point I brought in the second stamp for the swan which is a solid image and filled in the swan with Flirty Flamingo ink.  I then stamped the sentiment in Flirty Flamingo ink on a very thin strip of whisper white.  I popped the sentiment strip up on a foam adhesive strip.  

I then matted the whisper white stamped panel onto a piece of flirty flamingo cardstock cut at 4 1/8 x 5 3/8.  This allowed a very thin boarder around the card front.  I then added this to my basic black card base that was you guessed it 4 1/4 x 11 scored at 5 1/2.  I added a whisper white inside to the card with one of the swans stamped in flirty flamingo as I did on the outside.  

Thanks for dropping by today I hope that you have a wonderful day and that you have enjoyed my card today.  I hope that you take a little time and check out what all the other design team members came up with with this weeks theme.  Remember that you can click on the challenge image to see what all was created and play along.  

Happy Stampin' 
Rick



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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Stampin' Up!'s Incredible Like You Project Kit Video Tutorial


Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am going to share with you one of my favorite new kits from the 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog.  I just adore the Incredible Like You Project kit.  This is one of those kits that you have to purchase the additional stamp sets but it's so worth it. I am going to share a little walk through of the four different designs in this kit and next week I will be sharing ten alternative cards using this kit and a few additional projects.  But, you will have to wait till next week to see that.  Here's a look at the cards in this kit as well as a how to video tutorial.

Walk Through of the Kit and Card Designs: 

First off lets start with a look of what comes in the kit shall we.

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Here's all the items that come in your kit when you first open the package.  You get everything to make the 16 cards cut and ready to go.  Along with a instruction booklet to help you along the way.  The only additional supplies you need to provide is a Lovely Lipstick and Coastal Cabana ink pads and the Incredible like you stamp set.  This was a easy kit to put together.  I love the kits from Stampin' Up! and purchase them but for some reason I never get them put together, but with this kit I put all the cards together and loved every minute of it.  Let's look at all four card designs in the this kit. 










 See I told you they are very nice and I love the box that comes in this kit they you can keep the finished card in or even create them put them in the box and add a bow and a tag and give the finished products as a gift to someone that would love a set of handmade cards.


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I hope that you have enjoyed my post today and found a little inspiration from my little walk through of the Incredible Like You Project Kit.  If you would like to have your own kit you can order all the supplies in my online store 24/7.

Happy Stampin'
Rick


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Monday, February 25, 2019

Climbing Roses for Stampers Showcase Blog Hop


Hello and welcome to the first ever Stampers Showcase Blog Hop.  We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from different countries that got together to share inspiration with you monthly.   This month our theme is Thanks!  If you have came to my blog from Annette Ball's Blog or if you are starting here welcome. I am sure that you will find some great inspiration along the way.

For my card today, I used the Climbing Roses stamp set from the 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog.  This stamp set also comes with matching dies and you can get them both in a cost saving bundle.  I actually used both the stamp set and the matching framelits on my project.  Here's a look at my project.

Climbing Roses Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Rick Adkins, Thank You Card

Since this is the first blog hop I wanted to create something a little special.  So I created a card with a little off the edge element.  I started out by stamping the cluster of roses from the Climbing Roses stamp set at the top and bottom of a piece of Strathmore Bristol paper with Versamark ink and added Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder and setting it with my heat tool.  

Climbing Roses Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Rick Adkins, Thank You Card

After that was done I used my Subtle Stampin' Write Markers and a blender pen to color in each rose and leaf.  I used Petal Pink for the roses and Pear Pizzazz for the leaves.  On the open roses I used So Saffron for the center.  I started out by adding the marker to the darkest areas and used the blender pen to pull the ink out to the edge:  I repeated the process with each leaf.  This is were the Bristol paper comes in handy.  The ink sits on top of the paper longer so it allows me to more it around with the blender pen.  With normal cardstock the ink sinks into the paper a little to fast to do this same technique.  Once I got all the coloring done and the ink had dried I came back and added the So Saffron to the center of the open roses and blended it out in the same way.  

Climbing Roses Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Rick Adkins, Thank You Card

Once I had all the coloring done I came back and used the Rose Trellis Thinlits and lined up the matching die with the rose image and ran it through the Big Shot using the partial die cutting technique.  I then repeated it on the opposite side.  Once this was done I took a t-square ruler and lined up and drew a line with a #2 pencil matching up where the die cutting ended.  At this point I used my Stampin' Trimmer and cut each line stopping at the die cut line.  What was left I used my snips and trimmed off where I didn't cut through.  By doing this it allowed me to create the square and rose element you see above.  I then added two stitched lines around the square using my t-square ruler and a journaling pen and pear pizzazz stampin' write marker.  I finished off the main element by heat embossing the Thank You from the stamp set in gold stampin' emboss powder.  

Climbing Roses Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Rick Adkins, Thank You Card
I then took my card base (Petal Pink 4 1/4 x 11 scored at 5 1/2) and the trellis die and ran it through the Big Shot with the Stampin' Up! embossing mats.  This created a nice textural element to my card without having to die cut any additional cardstock and attaching it the the card base.  It's really subtle but very pretty.  

Climbing Roses Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Rick Adkins, Thank You Card

Thank you for dropping by today, I hope that you have a fun time hopping along.  Next on the hop is Sue Vine.  I am sure that she has created something super fun for you.  You can click on the next button below to go to view her blog post.  If you would like any of the supplies you have seen today you can pick them up in my online store by clicking on the shop button below or on the item in the shopping list below.  

Happy Stampin'
Rick






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